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Verstappen’s eighth pole in a row – eclipsed Senna’s record at the Imola circuit

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Max Verstappen won qualifying for the eighth time in a row, equaling Ayrton Senna’s record. It happened on the track where Senna lost his life 30 years ago. Photo: Luca Bruno, AP / NTB

Of NTB | 18.05.2024 18:39:31

Sport: Thus, the Dutchman has equaled the record of the Brazilian legend Ayrton Senna, who won eight qualifiers in a row in the years 1988-89.

– I’m very happy to get pole here, and it’s a great way to remember him 30 years after he died on this track, said Verstappen.

– He was an incredible Formula 1 driver.

Ayrton Senna died when he crashed in the World Cup round at Imola on May 1, 1994. He had three World Cup titles, as many as Verstappen now has.

– The weekend has been very difficult until now, and I didn’t think it would go so well, but we made some changes just before qualifying. They made me feel a little more comfortable and I could push a little harder, he said.

– I drove on the border, and the adrenaline is still pumping.

The two McLaren cars were closest to him. Oscar Piastri was beaten by 0.074 seconds and Lando Norris by 0.091. The latter won the previous WC round in Miami.

Verstappen’s teammate Sergio Perez had a bad day. He crashed into the wall during practice and did not progress from the 2nd qualifying round.

Verstappen leads the WC 33 points ahead of Pérez. Sunday’s race is the first on European soil this season.

The Dutch Red Bull driver has won qualifying in all seven World Cup rounds so far this year, in addition to the last one last year. Verstappen did not expect to succeed on Saturday.

The Ferrari cars did very well during practice, but in qualifying only 4th and 5th place went to Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz.

(© NTB)

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